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Hast, Susanna

Compassion and Violence in Russia-Chechnya relations

The paper is a research plan on the topic of compassion as a justification for the use of force, and as the potential moral compass for international relations, building peace in the minds of people. The theme relates to politics of emotions, but takes compassion not only as a psychological phenomenon, but even more so as a philosophical-religious idea. Combining Russian compassion and violent conflict in Chechnya the research attempts to understand Russian moral-political thinking and to understand the role compassion plays in relation to the use of force. The case of Chechnya encompasses memory politics, religious differences, terrorism and war which makes it the perfect setting to study how compassion and violence relate to each other, and what role compassion plays in in conflict settlement in general, and Russian politics in particular.